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STCS 2nd Graders Compete in America’s Largest Series of Math Contests

STCS students, Ava Smith (left) and Lilli Khettry (right) with Second grade teacher, Mrs. Melissa Anderson  - photo by Jen Karns

STCS students, Ava Smith (left) and Lilli Khettry (right) with Second grade teacher, Mrs. Melissa Anderson
– photo by Jen Karns

Olean, NY—March 10,  2014. Southern Tier Catholic School (STCS) second graders competed in the Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming Sumdog Math Contest on January 23, 2014. STCS students and Olean residents, Ava Smith and Lilli Khettry, were both recognized as a “Top 10 Student” and awarded a certificate of merit.

The STCS second graders are using a supplemental learning tool in their classroom called Sumdog. Sumdog provides educational games that motivate students to practice and learn math. Aldon Ambuski from Allegany N.Y., said, “I like the math games because they are like video games, which I like!” Because of the flexible and engaging curriculum offered at STCS, Mrs. Melissa Anderson, 2nd grade teacher, is able to monitor each student’s progress and adjust the level of difficulty accordingly. This affords Ms. Anderson to have a very individualized approach to what each of her students are learning. Arianna George-Shongo, a resident of Salamanca, N.Y., said “I enjoy using Sumdog in class during center time because it makes math more fun and helps me practice for tests”.

Not only is Sumdog a beneficial learning tool for the class, it also offers one of America’s largest series of math contests. Second grader, Anna Sophia Widger from Great Valley, N.Y., agreed that the supplemental tool makes math more fun, but she said, “I like the competitions because you are able to play against friends in your class and kids all over the place.”

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